Grappi’s Farm

Success Story

The Luchino Grappi’s Farm is located in Pienza, a small village in the province of Siena (Tuscan region, Italy). The farm has a surface area of 165 ha with 3 people as permanent staff. They are cultivating the following crops: durum wheat (Triticum durum L.), olive (Olea europaea L.), field bean (Vicia faba subsp. Minor), chickpea (Cicer aretinum L.), and different types of clovers. The farmer applies organic cultivation techniques over the entire cropped surface.

They apply some of the practices of regenerative agriculture (RA), i.e. the application of crop rotation as well as the use of cover crops. Regarding soil tillage, they usually perform conventional plowing, but also they substitute it with disk harrowing. In addition, it is an organic farm, hence it cannot cultivate the same crop for two following years, and legumes are commonly used as cover crops; the previous practices are applied to the overall field, and although they have never heard about regenerative agriculture they apply them. No training was received for applying them. After the application of crop rotation as well as the use of cover crops, they experienced an increase in grain yield, better soil fertility, and a lower weed problem.

LABELS: Italy, crop-production, organic



Location of farm

Pienza (Siena, Italy)

Name of the farmer

Luchino Grappi

Size of farm

165 ha

Permanent staff


Main products of farm

Durum wheat, olive, lentils, chickpea, clovers


Farmland cultivated with RA practices


Crops produced with RA practices


Duration of using RA practices

Since 2007

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